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Current opportunities

Legal Assistant Posts

We are currently seeking a small number of law graduates for fixed-term appointments of one year, to work as legal assistants on our current and planned law reform projects.  Appointments will start at the beginning of September 2019.  For more details of the work involved, see the guide to life as a legal assistant.

Allocations of work to legal assistants may vary, depending on the Commission's priorities and on any new projects referred to the Commission.

The work allocation to legal assistants may relate to the following areas of work:

  • Heritable securities;
  • Aspects of leases;
  • Homicide;
  • Aspects of family law;
  • Damages for personal injury
  • Joint law reform projects, including surrogacy and automated vehicles, being carried out with the Law Commission for England and Wales.

The salary will be £24,580 per annum.

Applications are invited from those who can demonstrate that they have achieved very high academic standards in Scots law, and that they have excellent research skills and experience.  The minimum criteria for applying is that an applicant must have obtained or expect to obtain by summer 2019 a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Scots Law or any other similar academic qualification which provides evidence of relevant knowledge and understanding of Scots law.  Applications from other suitably qualified candidates who have relevant experience may exceptionally be considered.

We welcome electronic applications. To download the forms and information, select the option below (the MS Word forms can be completed online, saved to your system and emailed to Wilma MacAskill ( 

  • legal assistant application form (MS Word) (pdf)
  • personal information monitoring form (to be returned with the application form) (MS Word) (pdf)
  • guide for applicants (pdf)

Alternatively, the forms can be printed out and posted to: Wilma MacAskill, Scottish Law Commission, 140 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PR.

Please note we are not offering work experience placements at the Commission.

Closing date for receipt of applications:  Friday 15 February 2019.

Equal Opportunities

The Scottish Law Commission and Scottish Government are committed to equality of opportunity of employment for all, on the basis of ability, qualifications and fitness for work. Applications are invited from all those who are, or expect to be qualified and eligible irrespective of race, age, gender, marital status, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation.

The Commission's Equality and Diversity Policy is reviewed on a regular basis.

In terms of the Race Relations Act 1976 we are required to undertake the ethnic monitoring of staff we employ directly and to publish the results. This duty only applies in respect of our legal assistants whom we recruit directly on fixed term contracts. The results of the monitoring for legal assistants appointed in August 2018 are available.